Why recognise IELTS?

IELTS is the global test for international mobility. More than 10,000 organisations worldwide already accept IELTS scores for education, employment and immigration. If you need to ascertain the language skills of your students, staff or potential candidates, IELTS is the only test you will need. 

The IELTS test can help you:

  • Check the English language level of staff or students when recruiting them

  • Assess the English language level of your students when they are applying for international mobility programmes

  • Equip your students with the world’s most popular international English language test at the point of graduation, to help them stand out in today’s competitive jobs market.

Becoming an IELTS recognising organisation

You can help raise the profile of your institution to prospective candidates by applying to become an IELTS recognising organisation. Your organisation will then be given a free listing on Who accepts IELTS? and all IELTS websites.

Simply contact our team in France who will be more than happy to help you.

Alternatively, you can apply using the online application form. It only takes a few minutes and once we have received the form we will let you know if your application has been successful.

All organisations need to state that they recognise IELTS on their websites, wherever they are based in the world.

Keeping your applicants informed about required IELTS scores

We recommend that you publish the IELTS scores that you require on your organisation’s website as this will assist prospective candidates in their decision making. It will also help streamline your application processes and reduce your need to respond to detailed enquiries. 

Our team in France can provide you with official IELTS logos to include on your website. For more information, please contact our IELTS team.

Please download the IELTS guide for prospective recognising organisations at the bottom of this page for further information.

Becoming an IELTS partner institution – and get more for both you and your students

We frequently partner with schools, universities or higher education institutions that would like to offer IELTS sessions on their premises exclusively for their own students. We provide a full package of support to enable you to test your students.

Signing a partnership agreement means that you can enjoy greater flexibility as well as other advantages. For example, you can choose the most suitable test dates from our annual calendar and enjoy the convenience of doing the test on your own premises. We can also arrange access to IELTS preparation material and academic support, if required.

For more information, please contact us at ielts@britishcouncil.fr

Teacher resources 

With over 75 years’ experience in teaching English, we can help you prepare your test takers so that they achieve an IELTS score that accurately reflects their English level. Our experts have developed a wide range of resources for teachers preparing IELTS test takers.

Road to IELTS online preparation material

Road to IELTS is a powerful tool that you can use as the core material for an IELTS preparation course. It can also be used as a self-access resource by students.

Test takers are more likely to do well, if they know what to expect. This is where our Road to IELTS provides test takers with a unique advantage. It includes 120 hours of intensive work on Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking, helping them to develop their skills to the levels necessary to succeed in IELTS. Crucially, the program simulates IELTS, enabling test takers to view videos of the Speaking test and to practise against the clock.

How does Road to IELTS help me as a teacher? 

Institutional licences are available for Road to IELTS. This allows you to give your students access to the material. Road to IELTS includes a functionality that enables you to monitor the progress of your test takers and develop bespoke study programmes tailored to their individual needs.

Advantages for you as a teacher include:

  • Instant feedback on your students' performance and the ability to monitor their personal progress
  • Access for your students to hints and tips to help them improve and understand their mistakes
  • Material based on real IELTS tasks that will help your test takers develop confidence.

Sample 10 hours’ free access to Road to IELTS and experience for yourself how the online preparation materials can help your students.

When a test taker registers for IELTS with British Council, they will get 20 hours’ further access to Road to IELTS.

IELTS teacher workshops

We offer training and support to teachers who need to prepare students for the test. This is free of charge for both teachers and institutions. The workshops are designed to give an overview of IELTS, as well as focusing on specific areas, such as how to improve the writing skills of your students.

We can deliver bespoke workshops on demand anywhere in France.

We are also pleased to offer frequent training to academics who want to deepen their knowledge of IELTS.

Find more practice materials

Stay in touch

It's never been easier to stay in touch. Simply fill in our online contact form and we will send you:

  • Test dates in advance
  • News from your local test centre
  • Details of when an IELTS representative will be in your area and available to discuss your individual needs
  • Information about workshops, seminars and other opportunities that you and your colleagues may be interested in

We look forward to working with you.